Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Business Administration—Management Concentration, BA
What Is the Study of Business Administration?
The Business Administration program has been designed to prepare students for leadership roles in business and the community. One program objective is to provide students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary in making decisions and evaluating policy in business; another is to develop student understanding of the social, economic and regulatory environment of business. The program is designed for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with financial institutions, manufacturing and retail firms, service industries and the public sector.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
A management concentration prepares a student to work with people in a variety of contexts. While other business disciplines focus on tasks for business, management focuses on how to motivate others to accomplish these tasks efficiently and effectively with high quality results. Students learn how to manage projects, work with teams, implement changes, and be an effective leader.
How to Declare:
Pre-major: Status is granted to students who have confirmed admission to WWU, completed 45 credits, and earned a GPA of 2.5 overall or 2.75 in the foundation courses they have completed.
- Confirmed admission to WWU and have 45 credits or be in the CBE Distinguished Scholars program.
- Be in good academic standing with the University and meet one of the following GPA requirements: Either: 1) a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the eight Foundation Courses listed below, including grades from transfer courses and Advanced Placement credit or 2) a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in all college-level course work including transfer work.
- Foundation courses:
- MATH 157 Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics
- ACCT 240 Financial Accounting
- ECON 206 Introduction to Microeconomics
- ACCT 245 Managerial Accounting
- ECON 207 Introduction to Macroeconomics
- DSCI 205 Business Statistics Environment
- MGMT 271 Law and the Business
- MIS 220 Intro: Business Computer Systems w/lab (or equivalent, or exam)
Provisional major: Major status is granted provisionally to students who are completing their last foundation course(s) and would be eligible for full major status upon successful completion of their current course work.
How to apply: For consideration as a pre-major, provisional major or full major, complete the online application form at: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/College/Applications.asp.
Advising tips: 1) Complete MATH 157 and DSCI 205 requirements early; 2) For information regarding the MIS 220 Equivalency Exam see the Department of Decision Sciences website for test-out information: http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/dsci/MIS220Exam.asp
- ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting
- ACCT 245 - Managerial Accounting
- DSCI 205 - Business Statistics
- ECON 206 - Introduction to Microeconomics
- ECON 207 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
- MATH 157 - Calculus With Applications to Business and Economics
- MGMT 271 - Law and the Business Environment
- MIS 220 - Introduction to Business Computer Systems (or equivalent)
- DSCI 305 - Applied Business Statistics
- FIN 341 - Principles of Finance
- MGMT 311 - Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior
- MGMT 382 - Business and its Environment
- MIS 320 - Principles of Management Information Systems
- MKTG 380 - Principles of Marketing
- OPS 360 - Operations Management
- One course from:
- MGMT 492 - Entrepreneurial Problems
- MGMT 495 - Strategic Management
Management Concentration Courses
- HRM 322 - Human Resource Management
- MGMT 313 - Teamwork Basics
- MGMT 414 - Leadership Practicum
- OPS 461 - Project Management
- One course from:
- MGMT 401 - Conflict Management and Negotiations
- MGMT 413 - Organizational Change Practicum
- Two courses from:
- IBUS 370 - Introduction to International Business
- HRM 424 - Training and Development
- HRM 425 - Negotiations and Labor Relations
- MGMT 401 or 413 (if not taken above)
- MGMT 481 - Managing Cultural Diversity
- MGMT 483 - Ethics in Business Decisions
- MGMT 490 - Internship in Business Administration
- MGMT 491 - Small Business Entrepreneurship
- MIS 321 - Systems Analysis and Design
- Other courses with permission of advisor
- Take one Communication Focus (CF) course and a minimum of three writing proficiency points in approved upper-division writing proficiency courses (WP) at WWU with a minimum grade of C-. The CF and WP courses must be taken within CBE and can be completed as part of the above required and elective courses, prior to graduation. Consult the Timetable of Classes for the specific course sections that fulfill the CF and WP requirements.
- Accounting and Business majors must complete a minimum of 90 credits in areas other than accounting, business administration and economics beyond the principles
The courses below satisfy GUR requirements and may also be used to fulfill major requirements.
- QSR: MATH 157
- SSC: ECON 206, 207; MGMT 271
- Project Management
- Event Planning
- Management Consulting
- Nonprofit Management
- Small Business